Waiting in the wings
Forget the cliche: a week must feel a terribly short time in politics for all those rebels racing for the exit in time to be today's shock resigner and tomorrow's news cover.
Such urgency and so many people queuing up to go.
Quibbles over "resigned vs fired" aside, it's an unhappy departure list for Brown backers.
And more in the wings waiting and wilting.
There's admittedly no shortage of weeks to choose from, but is this, in time-honoured journalistic fashion, Gordon Brown's "worst week since becoming prime minister"? Well possibly.
But as far as historic party resignations are concerned he's got some way to go yet (not that I imagine he's too keen to try).
Ten left government and called for Tony Blair to go just two years ago.
Eight Conservatives resigned over Suez in 1957.
Twenty four abandoned Labour altogether in 1968 over planned social services cuts.
Cast your own vote, but in terms of significance it's probably hard to beat the 1981 Limehouse Declaration when Labour - albeit in opposition - split altogether and the current Lib Dems (after a rename or five) were born.
But every cloud...
Because even before the swirl of latest resignations, The Politics Show had decided to bypass government spokesmen this weekend.
No chance therefore of being caught inviting a minister on for an interview only to find they're an ex-minister by the time you get to conduct it.
Instead, we'll be in Manchester for a live debate with a panel of already long confirmed "exs".
Ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, ex-Home Secretary Charles Clarke and ex... well, ex-Gordon Brown-cheerleading-columnist, Polly Toynbee.
And ex men (and women) certainly do talk.
No kremlinology required over interpreting their words, as Foreign Secretary David Miliband put it to us last week.
I wonder what they - and our invited audience of Politics Show viewers and conference delegates - will make of all these resignations.
I'm confident they'll all have a few words of advice for Mr Brown...